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Chinese ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’, At UNH (Durham), By The ‘Confucius Institute’ — September 13, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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Another GALA success for the UNHConfucius Institute’ — after the widely acclaimed & heavily attended ‘paper umbrella making‘ workshop in January this year (ahead of the Chinese New Year). This too was packed; very festive, very musical (with UNH’s President, Dr. James Dean getting thing rolling), sustenance-loaded, celebratory and a lot of fun. Bravo, yet again, Dr. Yige Wang & Dr. Yaling Liu, and the ever hospitable ‘Confucius Institute’.

We were honored with the presence of the new UNH President, the very personable (and musically talented) Dr. James Dean, and the impressive Dr. Michele Dillon, Dean of UNH’s College of Liberal Arts. It happened to be Dr. Dillon’s birthday. So, there was a trumpet fanfare & ‘Happy Birthday‘ and birthday cake big enough to feed the whole crowd. That was a bonus.

I was lucky enough to have seen the Oyster River students perform, in Chinese, when I was there for the umbrella event. I was looking forward to seeing them again knowing that they had performed, to standing ovations, in China in the interim. They were brilliant. We also were treated to a performance of ‘Moon River’ by Professor Gunlogson & one of her students.

The buffet dinner, as ever, was outstanding. I don’t think anybody went hungry. We sure didn’t.

The Moon Cake making was fun — I am told. I personally did not partake. I was busy taking pictures. But, I could see and tell that folks were having a ball. And then the ultimate accolade. As we were leaving Teischan said “that was fun“! To say that, that coming from her, is indeed rare and high-praise would be an understatement. She is mega-fussy. I can’t remember the last time I have heard her say that. Wow. Please trust me on this. If Teischan thought that it was fun, it had to have been extremely special.

Thank you, ‘Confucius Institute’. You folks always do us all proud.



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‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ & Dr. Elizabeth Ring — Very Impressed.

by Anura Guruge


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Braxton, our (rescue) Harrier, has had a real bad rash for some days now. We knew it was due to allergies but it was clear that he needed some heavy-duty prescription medication.

Busy time and I did not fancy a 40-minute (each-way) run to our usual (and trusted) vets in Pembroke. Though we do not travel that stretch of Rte 11 often we had seen ‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ a few times on the rare occasions we do sail by. Definitely closer. So, we called and made an appointment.

Sure glad we did. Very positive, uplifting experience from start-to-finish. Very friendly, very professional, very caring. All good. Decent (not outlandish) prices too. That was a bonus. I am sold. No reason to hike to Pembroke — and they, when required, will make house calls. That is good to know.

Very impressed with Dr. Ring. The epitome of what you expect a dream vet to be! She took her time. Let Braxton get used to her.

Braxton LIKED the place. Did not growl. Let them touch him. Never seen him that mellow and trusting with strangers. The place has good vibes. You can see that they have thought things out. The reception area is HUGE — very open and uncluttered. Puts dogs at ease. They can look around and see empty, unthreatening space. Very clever.

Well, you probably worked it out. Definitely two thumbs and two paws up. We will be going back — but, hopefully, not too soon and not too often.

But, if you need a local vet, sure give them a try. You will not regret it.


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My ‘Google Pixel 2’ Is Now Running Android 10 (Replete With ‘Dark Themes’ & Gestures).

by Anura Guruge


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I had read, online, that it was going to be available on Google Pixel phones as of September 3, 2019. I, however, did NOT get it automatically. I had to ‘Check for Update’ — today, September 4, 2019. Then it was there. No problems downloading — other than it not letting me do it when my battery was low. That was fine. I turned on dark themes. Cute.


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TDS Telecom, To Their Credit(?), Still Prints Local Telephone Directories — Albeit Ultra Skinny Ones.

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It came in the mail Saturday. Thought it was a magazine. No. The 2019 Directory for this area. Cute. Yes, they have been doing printed directories every year or most years. But, they used to be more substantial. Yes, they have gone to a larger format. Previous ones were narrower and shorter.

I checked a few names I knew. They were all there.

They have done their best to pad it. Even includes a page on ‘TDS TV‘ channel listings.

Maybe they are legally or contractually obligated, and YES I appreciate that WE, as paying customers, eventually end up paying for the costs of printing these. But, this is a waste and an anachronism. Sure, there will be a few that still appreciate a printed phone directory BUT you are not going to find the phone numbers you want in it. That is the problem.


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Today’s Insightful Desmond Tutu Words Of Wisdom Compliments Of Meghan Markle, Duchess Of Sussex.

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I am a huge fan of Desmond Tutu. I think he is the cat’s whiskers. I know and appreciate what he has done and continues to do for South Africa, the world and the human race.

He is quite the man. He and my other LION, Nelson Mandela, were quite the team.

I did not realize that Meghan Markle routinely posts inspirational Desmond Tutu quotes on her Snapchat page. I just happened to hear about this quite today. It touched me. I liked it. It is very true. Very apropos. So, I wanted to share it with you. Read it. Think about it. Live by it. SMILE.


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‘Circus Smirkus’, Wolfeboro, NH (August 12, 2019) — Just Absolutely REMARKABLE!

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It sure is entertaining, amusing and amazing,
but what really sets it apart gratifyingly
is that it is
uplifting, inspirational and morally rewarding.


In these disturbing times
Circus Smirkus
is a welcoming oasis
of hope, promise and fortitude.


Circus Smirkus
at its conclusion
brings tears to my eyes —
what these KIDS manage to achieve is so wonderful,
their parents must be so, so proud (deservedly).


This was the second time we have seen them. The first was exactly a year ago, to the day — also in Wolfeboro.

We were blown away last year and I vowed that I will be back — not just for the show, but also to show our support and gratitude.

It was good last year, and I thought it was even better this year, though on the way home we worked out that they did not have the tightrope walking in high heels which was world class.

All of this year’s acts, including the comedic interludes, were extremely well done. Bravo. Kudos.

It is easy to forget that these are just kids, school kids. Not professionals and, moreover, that they put this astounding show together in 18-days. 18-days!

I was in awe last year and I am in awe again this year.

Yes, I am a circus aficionado who has seen a lot of circuses including Barnum & Bailey (at least 9 times), Cirque du Soleil (at least 4 times), Big Apple (many, many times) & the famed Moscow Circus (in Moscow in the 1970s). In terms of raw entertainment Circus Smirkus is as good! In terms of ‘feel good’ vibes — it is better than all of them!

Yes, I am a fan, a BIG fan of ‘Smirkus’. A wonderful endeavor. Something we can all be proud of.

Thank YOU, Smirkus.


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‘Mighty Spark’: Buy A Meal, DONATE A Meal Program — But, Can’t We Do Better Than This.

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I happened to see these (i.e., ‘ChickenSouthwest-Style) at our local ‘Hannafords‘ yesterday and could NOT resist getting them when I read:

Every Pack Purchased = A Donated Meal

I am well aware of world hunger and poverty and it bothers me much and on a near daily basis. So, this was an easy (near effortless) way to ausage my constant guild.

I THANK & APPLAUD ‘Mighty Spark‘. Way to GO. Definitely a step in the right direction.

But, I could not help thinking … couldn’t we do MORE.

Couldn’t, shouldn’t, other food producers have a similar program.

Maye ALL companies that sell food should COMMIT to parting with x% of their revenue to feed the hungry. And YES, they will jack up their prices (which, alas, is a cost we should stomach).

Just got me thinking.

I love the ‘Mighty Spark’ idea.

But, it is ONLY a start. We need to do MORE.

What do YOU think?


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